Bristol Distinguished Address Series: Developing the right skills for the future of the UK aerospace industry

Issue date: 16 September 2016


Date: 21 September 2016
Venue: UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus

Time: Reception: 18:00 - Lecture: 18:30 - Networking and Supper: 19:30

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With a 17 percent share of the market, the UK is Europe's largest aerospace manufacturing sector and is second only to the United States globally. Airbus' plants in Filton, near Bristol, and Broughton, North Wales, play a vital role in the design and production of some of the world's most popular and technologically advanced aircraft and make a significant contribution to the success of the UK's aerospace sector which supports around 128,000 high value, highly skilled jobs.

In the opening lecture of this autumn's Bristol Distinguished Address Series, Mark Stewart, General Manager and Human Resources Director, Airbus Operations Ltd and HR Director Airbus Group UK, will set out how the UK aerospace industry is meeting the challenge to get the best people with the right skills to design and manufacture the next generations of civil aircraft in the UK.

An audience of over 200 is expected including over 100 leaders from the business community, as well as local government leaders, UWE Bristol academics and alumni.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI,FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England LEP.

Following the talk, there will be an opportunity for the audience to put forward their issues and questions at this event.

The series of talks continue throughout the year and will feature Chairmen, CEOs and institutional leaders representing a variety of sectors. Forthcoming speakers include: Baroness Dido Harding, Chief Executive Talk Talk (28/09); Vikki Heywood CBE, The Royal Society of Arts (5/10): Lucy Armstrong CEO, The Alchemists (12/10) and Vicky Pryce, Board Member, CEBR (19/10).

Series organiser, Professor Nicholas O'Regan says, “We are delighted by the calibre of this year's speakers, the series is an excellent opportunity for members of the business community in Bristol, as well as our own students, alumni and staff to hear directly from inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is free to attend and open to members of the business community. Discuss this event on Twitter using the hashtag #BristolLectures

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